News: Drake Talks "Over" Music Video, "This Is My First Attempt To Establish Myself"

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 12:05PM

Written by Rosario Harper

Young Money's Drake has discussed Thank Me Later's "Over" music video and explained the importance it has on establishing himself as an artist.

According to Drake, the video will be directed by Anthony Mandler, widely known for his work with Jay-Z and Rihanna.

"This is my first video," he said in an interview. "I've shot a lot of videos before, but this is my first attempt to establish myself as Drake the the artist. Shooting the other videos I've done has been great. I really don't care what other people think about them, they were great experiences for me. I've learned a lot from them. Today, I'm shooting with somebody I really look up to and respect. I'm shooting with Anthony Mandler...We talked colors, we talked epic, emotion-evoking visuals. The story is actually interesting. The song is so aggressive, and it's sort of a love story in the video." (MTV)

Details on the video were released online last weekend.

Drake hopped a plane from his hometown of Toronto to sunny Los Angeles, where he is shooting the video for "Over" today. Rap-Up.com has learned that Anthony Mandler is directing the clip for the first single from Drizzy's debut album Thank Me Later. The filmmaker has helmed videos for Rihanna ("Russian Roulette"), Beyoncé ("Irreplaceable"), Jay-Z ("Run This Town"), and Mary J. Blige, for which he teamed up with the Canadian artist on "The One." The Boi-1da produced "Over" is currently No. 15 on the iTunes Top Songs chart, while the album is tentatively scheduled for a May release. (Rap-Up)

The song's producer Boi-1da recently talked about its creation.

"He's a dude that makes sample quality music that people think it's a sample," Boi said in an interview. "Like 'Over' sounds like a sample but it's not a sample...That's the way Drake envisioned himself coming out, it described exactly how he was feeling at this moment. You know, the first line, the hook, he comes out saying 'I know way too many people in here that I didn't know last year.' It's explaining that his life, he has all these people around him now, but at the end of the day, he's going to prevail, it's not over yet. He has a lot more time to go, that's what it is you know. He felt like this is the moment that he wanted to capture for his first single." (The Source)

Drake's song landed on the Internet earlier this month.

"Bottles on me, long as someone drink it," the 23-year-old raps in a slow, aggressive flow. "Never drop the ball, f--- is y'all thinking?/ Making sure the Young Money ship is never sinking/ 'Bout to set it off in this bi---, Jada Pinkett/ You too fine to be laying down in bed alone/ I can teach you how to speak my language, Rosetta Stone..." 'Bout to go Thriller, Mike Jackson on these n---as," Drake later raps. "All I need is a f---ing red jacket with some zippers." ("Over")

Check out Royce Da 5'9's "Over" freestyle down below:

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